How to Set Your Career Goals for 2012 & Make January Count!

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Welcome to 2012.  It is the start of a new year and for those of us willing to put in the effort, hopefully it brings lots of new and exciting challenges on the job and careers front.

Already I am hearing stories of those that have spent a year or few wanting to make a job or career change, deciding that this is the year it will happen. If this is you, then I encourage you to start today.   Too often we let the month of January slip by without achieving anything on the professional or careers front. While it is certainly a time for relaxation, family and friends, it is also the perfect time to set your career goals and undertake the less onerous tasks that will lead to achieving these goals.

When it comes to goal setting, the key is to start with the end goal and work back from here, enabling you to put in place a manageable plan that will keep you both focussed and accountable throughout the year.

  • Have you thought about what you want to achieve on the work front this year? Be it a promotion, further study, leadership training, more networking, a new job, a new career etc.
  • Write down a few of your objectives for this year, giving them priority and timeframes. i.e. to be working for a top ASX listed company as an IT Manager leading a small team, earning 10% more than I currently do by July 2011
  • What information are you missing? Who do you need to speak to? What actions do you need to take to start things moving?
  • Create an excel spreadsheet or something similar with a sheet for each month of the year. Within this include the required actions to work towards achieving your goals. Keep this document updated, ensuring that you are looking at it and making progress each week. As you see the activity and results, your motivation will naturally increase.

The above suggestions are simple ways to start the process. And as we all know the hardest part is often just getting started. Once the momentum builds, great things can be achieved.

For further tools and career support, including a ‘free electronic copy of the Career Strategy Tool’ email your details to kellymagowan@hotmail.com. In the subject line include ‘career strategy tool’.  There is also a lot of great information available online, via professional Career Coaches and through the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).

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